Dr. Dre Was Supposed To Produce LL COOL J’s Album Earlier than Q-Tip

Dr. Dre was imagined to be helm LL COOL J’supcoming album earlier than he made the change to carry Q-Tip into the fold.

The Queens, New York legend joined Means Up With Angela Yee, the place he defined that he really recorded about 30 to 40 songs with Dre, however felt one thing wasn’t proper and adjusted course creatively.

“So, the actual story is that I did about 30 to 40 songs with Dr. Dre, and in doing these songs I felt like — the music was superb what Dre was bringing to the desk was tremendous dope — however I felt just like the writing, what I used to be bringing to those songs didn’t really feel robust sufficient to me,” he defined.

“I didn’t really feel like I used to be expressing, I used to be getting out of me, what I used to be feeling. In my thoughts, I didn’t really feel prefer it was written correctly.”

LL went on to say that the late Phife Dawg visited him in a dream and sparked the concept for him to name on his A Tribe Known as Quest groupmate Q-Tip to provide his album.

“So, I took a pause. Me and Dre simply kinda paused for a minute. And I ended up having a dream, and on this dream Phife Dawg from A Tribe Known as Quest got here to me,” he added. “When he got here in my dream he was like ‘Yo, that album you gonna do with Dre is gonna be dope.’ And I’m taking a look at him and he’s smirking somewhat bit.

“He had a humorous look on his face. After which after I awoke, I simply felt like Q-Tip was on my spirit. So I simply known as him. He picked up and I advised him that I wished to do an album. We went and did the report and the remaining is historical past.”

The as-yet-untitled mission will function LL COOL J’s first album in a decade and is predicted to reach later this 12 months to coincide with Hip Hop’s fiftieth anniversary.

Whereas LL would most likely want to not name it a “comeback,” he’s calling on but extra huge names to assist him make his return, with Eminem, Nas, Rick Ross, Fats Joe and Saweetie reportedly set to function on the mission.

Throughout a chat with E! Information on the 2023 Grammy Awards — the place he participated within the star-studded “Hip Hop 50” tribute efficiency — earlier this 12 months, the self-proclaimed G.O.A.T. fueled pleasure for his album by praising Q-Tip’s “unbelievable” expertise behind the boards.

“The album I believe is actually, actually particular,” he stated. “I believe it’s one thing it’s trendy with out chasing. It’s an entire new factor. I can’t look ahead to the individuals to see it.

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“I believe actually and sincerely that Q-Tip as a producer is unbelievable and what he did on this report for me, I believe is superb. So the world will resolve.”

Whereas additional particulars stay scarce, LL kickstarted the rollout for the mission earlier this month by premiering the primary single, “The Drive,” on Rock the Bells Radio.

Produced by Q-Tip, the hard-hitting observe borrows sonic components from Tip’s 1999 Amplified minimize “Finish of Time” and lists the late, nice Michael Jackson as a co-songwriter.

It additionally shares the identical identify as LL COOL J’s upcoming enviornment tour with The Roots, DJ Jazzy Jeff and DJ Z-Journey. Billed because the “final Hip Hop mash-up tour,” the collective can be joined by a slew of particular visitors in choose cities, from Huge Boi and Bone Thugs-n-Concord to Rick Ross and Rakim.


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